Site & Preceptor Requirements

General Requirements

UF College of Pharmacy APPEs emphasize continuity of care in both the community and health-system settings, and expose students to diverse patient populations.

Students gain an in-depth experience as part of an interprofessional team. Students complete seven rotations over a 12-month span. Each rotation is six weeks in length and requires 240 hours for completion, or 40 hours per week. This totals 1,680 hours over the seven rotations. Required APPE rotations include Inpatient General Medicine, Ambulatory Care, Community Pharmacy, and Hospital/Health System Pharmacy.

Students must take a minimum of two patient care elective rotations, in addition to one non-patient care elective. Alternatively, students may choose to take three patient care electives.   Students may elect to take one additional rotation for a total of eight rotations.

Required APPEs are completed in the United States or its territories or possessions. Elective APPEs may be completed internationally; however, they are subject to the same quality assurance expectations as U.S.-based APPE sites.

The policies outlined in this manual apply to all scheduled rotations, including additional eighth rotations.

Site Requirements

Experiential sites are expected to possess the following:

  • Support from site owners and administration for providing pharmacy education to students.
  • Patient-centered care experiences which have the ability to meet UF COP educational outcomes.
  • Adequate staff for delivery of patient-centered care and coordination of student teaching.
  • Sufficient number and variety of patients to provide a rich learning environment as applicable to the experience.
  • Integration of pharmacists in the interprofessional care of patients, as applicable to the experience.
  • Opportunities for students to learn specific disease therapy management and provider-patient communication skills.
  • Opportunities to model and demonstrate professional and ethical behavior.
  • Informatics, library, and learning resources to support patient-centered care and student education.
  • Compliance with all HIPAA requirements, all OSHA, applicable health care accreditation standards; state, and federal laws.
  • Ability to balance the provision of student learning opportunities with assignment of technician responsibilities and/or rudimentary pharmacist tasks.

Note: A preceptor and site’s abilities to meet these criteria are assessed through site visit meetings, phone conversations, and other communications with UF College of Pharmacy Experiential Education faculty.

Preceptor Expectations

Preceptors are expected to serve as role models and function as effective, organized, and enthusiastic teachers to assist the student in achieving the learning objectives. Preceptors will embody a practice philosophy of the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process; teach by example; model excellent interpersonal communication skills; demonstrate professional leadership with students, pharmacists, and staff; and be able to mentor, coach, and encourage individuals toward self-directed learning.

Preceptors are expected to deliver a well-structured, rigorous pharmacy practice experience by:

  • Developing a practice experience, which includes written activities and objectives; coordination of activities and pharmacy input with assigned physician or pharmacist supervisors; and integration of PharmD students into the ongoing educational activities of the site, including but not limited to, journal club, discussion of pertinent disease states, therapeutic controversies, and designated review of contemporary primary and/or secondary literature.
  • Supervising and encouraging development of written and verbal recommendations made by the PharmD student.
  • Allowing sufficient time to organize each student’s experience, spending one-on-one time with the student assessing and communicating progress, identifying areas for development, and providing constructive and encouraging feedback. The preceptor should clarify joint experiential goals and expectations with the student at the start of the experience.
  • Interacting with the student at least three times per week for time intervals sufficient for patient care discussion and teaching. Preceptors should be available to the student for questions or concerns taking patient care into consideration.
  • Providing and discussing with the student a written midpoint evaluation, identifying areas for focus in the second portion of the rotation, and a joint final evaluation of the student’s performance.
  • Monitoring quality of professional practice and teaching activities and implement changes as able to continually improve practice and teaching based on student and office feedback. Each preceptor should have a written/documented plan for their own preceptor development.
  • Communicating with other preceptors and experiential program faculty at regular intervals to exchange teaching experiences and discuss, design, and implement ways to improve the learning experiences of students.

Preceptors are expected to meet the following professional standards:

  • Be a licensed or a registered health care practitioner in good standing with his/her respective state board of practice.
  • Practiced in their discipline as a licensed practitioner for at least 2 years or willing to co-precept with a practitioner who meets this requirement.
  • Actively pursue professional development of teaching skills, including making efforts to attend and participate in live or web-based preceptor development opportunities.